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Old 03-15-2013, 09:41 PM   #1
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ATV chain on a motorcycle?

This may be a silly question, but is it okay to put an ATV chain on a motorcycle? I found one that looks good and is a good price.

I'm buying a dual sport (klr250) that needs a new chain. I found a chain from a reputable company (EK) in the right width, right number of links (a couple over actually), good enough tensile strength, and is an o-ring. However, it is clearly labeled as an ATV chain. I can't think of a reason why this chain wouldn't work... But I want to make sure that I'm not overlooking something. A master link doesn't come with it. I'll be buying a rivet-style link separately.

Is there any reason not to buy this chain labeled for an ATV?
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:30 AM   #2
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Ran one on a Ducati SS for about 40,000km. Worked great and cheap too.
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:45 AM   #3
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Interesting concept. Hmmm.

I knew at one time, of a couple other bikes that shared the same chain as mine, of course I forget now....

but you took it to a whole nuther level didn't you.

What the heck. I think you would be fine.
Or get ahold of the chain's manufacturer, I bet they would concur unofficially.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:30 AM   #4
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I've been using a DID x-ring "ATV" chain on my last few bikes, the biggest difference was that the side plates were a little beefier (heavier) but it was rated at the same tensile strength as their "motorcycle" x-ring chain.

You can see that the inside plates (black) look like an oval where as the outside plates (gold) look more like an 8.



I like to carry a spare section of chain and a couple master links with me so using the same chain on all my machines just made sense.
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:20 AM   #5
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Thanks guys. Good to hear. I just ordered the chain.
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:34 PM   #6
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Well, I got the chain in yesterday... and it was labeled as a motorcycle chain! Hahaha. At least now I know though.
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